UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 25)
The General Assembly’s Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (the Third Committee) last night adopted two draft resolutions with strong anti-Israel provisions.
The first resolution, on the international convention on the suppression and punishment of apartheid, had among its provisions the declaration and program of action adopted recently in Geneva by the World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. The declaration and program of action links Zionism with racism, recalling the infamous 1975 resolution by the General Assembly.
The anti-Israel provision was voted on separately and was adopted by a 97-21 vote with 10 abstentions. Israel, the United States and other Western countries were among those who voted against.
The other resolution, regarding the self-determination of peoples in colonial countries, included provisions condemning Israel’s “expansionist activities in the Mideast” and condemned governments which did not recognize the right to self-determination of all people, “notably the people of Africa and the Palestinian people.” The vote on the draft was 95-21 with 10 abstentions. The Western European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Israel and the United States voted against the draft. The two resolutions are expected to be approved by the General Assembly.